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Things we think are obvious
Some others may not get.
If a question’s raised,
There should be no cause for regret.

Simple explanations help
To clarify what’s meant.
Often what’s interpreted
Is far from the intent.

How one states intentions
Can cause discontent or pique,
Not illumination, which is 
What the askers seek.

Wording and inflection
May change innocence to vice;
And challenging one’s know-how
May make questioners think twice.

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Everybody likes things in the simpler user-friendly manner. Why complicate life?

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 2:41:00 PM
    Ahh! Once again we visit the interminable quest to be understood. It really is amazing how it so often is no good. We think we spoke susinctly, with no room for misconstruing. To just be taken the wrong way with somebody's undoing. I'm going to look up the word interminable. If it's wrong, I'm leaving it. :)

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 12:24:00 AM
    I had to read this one twice for the words to really sink in. Remind me to put my thinking cap on the next time I ask you a serious question! Ha ha... it's good to stand somewhere in between both sides, so as to lack bias towards one mode of thinking. An observant point of view makes for the most well thought out answers AND questions.

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 1:48:00 PM
    - Wise words from a talented lady - Well written, Ilene. - Have a beautiful weekend! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)